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Apollo Hospitals, Airtel Offer Nigerians Access to Doctors

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L-R, Senior Gen. Mgr. & Corporate Dev. Business Head, Africa, Apollo Hospitals, Dr. Harinder Sidhu; CEO, Apollo Hospitals, Dr. Hari Prasad; Head of Chancery, India High Commissioner, Mr. Vyas Choudhary; Director, Customer Service, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Ajay Bashki and Director, Corporate Communications and CSR, Airtel, Emeka Oparah during the press launch of My Health by Apollo Hospitals in collaboration with Airtel Nigeria, held at Lekki, Lagos on Tuesday.

Apollo Hospitals one of the largest integrated healthcare providers in the world is now partnering with leading mobile telecommunications provider, Airtel Nigeria, to enhance access to world-class healthcare services to the people of Nigeria.
 
Under the partnership, “Ask Apollo” would enable video consultation by Airtel Nigeria Premier customers with Apollo Hospitals doctors in India with prior appointment.
 
In addition to this service Apollo Hospitals would also work with Airtel Nigeria on creating health awareness with a particular emphasis on preventive healthcare. 
 
According to Dr Hari Prasad, chief executive officer of Apollo Hospitals Group, Apollo Hospitals and Airtel Nigeria are taking advantage of the technology revolution to get the people of Nigeria closer to world-renowned doctors from Apollo Hospitals.
 
Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, managing director and chief executive officer, Airtel Nigeria,  noted that the partnership with Apollo Hospitals will not only make it possible for Airtel Premier customers to have access to experienced healthcare practitioners and life-saving information, it also offers convenience and a platform for improved quality of life.
 
“This is another demonstration of Airtel’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life of Nigerians through innovative products and services. Because we see our customers as more than just a connection, we have taken this further step to provide them access to excellent medical attention, which they ordinarily would have travelled abroad for”, Ogunsanya stated.
 
Airtel Premier Customers interested in availing these services may call 09022222006 or 09022222007.

These consultation facilities will be available at Diamond Helix Medical Assistance Ltd, Plot-8, Block-91 Iron Bar Street, Off Providence Street, Lekki Phase-1, Lagos, every Saturday at noon for three hours.
 
This service offers 10% discount on the consultation fees and has the additional advantage of 5-10% discount on Emirates Airline flights, if a customer wishes to proceed to India for further medical attention, the partners explained.
 
In 1983, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, the architect of Indian healthcare, launched the first corporate hospital in India, Apollo Hospitals Chennai.

Over the years, Apollo Hospitals Group has grown to become one of Asia’s largest integrated healthcare organizations with over 8,500 beds across 50 hospitals, more than 1350 pharmacies and over 100 diagnostic clinics.
 
Bharti Airtel Limited, on the other hand,  is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa.

With headquarters in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers.

Nigeria CommunicationsWeek believes that technology makes life more exciting and helps improve the lives of people around Nigeria and indeed the world. So since 2007, we have devoted our energy to independent reportage of technology and how they affect lives.

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BPP Moves to Deploy Modern Technology in Public Procurement

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Mamman Ahmadu, director-general, Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, has said the agency would employ modern technology, an anti-corruption strategy, in public procurement to advance the reform process.

Ahmadu, represented by Mr. Jemilu Abdulahi of Regulations and Database of BPP, stated this at the 4th Zonal Stakeholders’ Interactive Workshop on the Development of Category Matrix for the National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers, CCSP, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Segun Imohiosen, head, media and public relations, BPP, in a statement, quoted Ahmadu as saying:

“The matrix is a digital way to go to categorise and classify a contractor, consultant, and service provider in their areas of competence for effective performance without any intrusion into other areas.”

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NCDMB Partners Dangote Refinery on Local Content Implementation

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Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has praised the management of Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical Free Trade Zone Enterprises (DPRP) over its adherence to the local content law in the execution of its projects and declared its intention to further partner with it for effective implementation of the Local Content policy in the country.

Mr. Akintunde Adelana, Director, Monitoring & Evaluation, NCDMB, who represented the board’s Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote, made this disclosure weekend during the DPRP Nigerian Content Sensitization/Awareness Creation Programme, titled: “Let’s Walk the Nigerian Content Talk Together,” at Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lagos.

According to him, “the Dangote Refinery project is expected to close a major gap in the supply of petroleum products in the country. We consider this as a very important project and we are willing to partner with the company to ensure full implementation of the local content policy. We embarked on this journey with the company a long time ago and we are ready to partner with the Dangote Group.

“Part of what you see to today is part of our efforts to ensure that the company and its contractors comply with the local content policy and they have put in a lot of efforts in this regard.”

Speaking further, Wabote described the Local Content Act as the quantum of composite value added to, or created in the Nigerian economy by a systematic development of capacity and capabilities, through the deliberate utilization of Nigerian human, material resources and services in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

He said the country recorded loses prior to the enactment of the local content policy, which he noted, came from jobs executed abroad by International Oil Companies (IOCs), operating in the country.

“The narrative then was that nothing can be done in-country. Plants and modules were fully fabricated offshore without any structure in place to achieve knowledge transfer. Before 2010, we had no active dry-dock facilities. The few we had were abandoned and left to rot away. Today, we have four active dry docking facilities in Port Harcourt, Onne, and Lagos,” he added.

He said the board’s mandate is to develop local capacity in key areas such as manufacturing and fabrication and promote indigenous ownership of assets and utilization of indigenous assets in oil and gas operations.

Wabote added that the board’s responsibility also include linking  the oil and gas industry  with other sectors of the economy, enhance multiplier effect of oil and gas investments in economy and develop pool of competitive supply chain rooted in oil bearing communities.

Reading riot acts to defaulters of the Nigerian Content Policy, Wabote said non-compliance with the law, will result to the suspension of projects/contracts, penalty of five per cent of project sum, withdrawal of NCDMB’s services, and project cancellation unrecoverable sunk cost.

Other penalties for non-compliance, according to the Executive Secretary, are escalation to other regulators to withdraw or suspend license, withdrawal of approvals or de-classification of contractor from pre-qualification list, application of the full weight of the law in accordance with Section 68, and publication of non-compliant operators in newspapers and professional gazettes.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Chief Operating Officer, DPRP, Mr. Giuseppe Surace, said the programme was organized to create awareness among the company’s contractors on the requirements of NCDMB, as part of moves to ensure the local content policy take roots in their day to day operation.

“The programme was organized to ensure that our contractors are well informed about the Nigerian Content Act and this is expected to assist them with the execution of not just the Dangote project, but other projects in their portfolio,” he added.

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Philips Launches App-Based Portable Ultrasound System in Nigeria

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Philips Africa a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health, has recently launched Lumify, a new mobile, app-based approach to ultrasound delivery that brings secure cloud-enabled technology and high-image quality to broader network of healthcare providers.

The first App-Based ultrasound system that will extend the reach of ultrasound applications to a broader network of healthcare providers using mobile technology was unveiled during Medic West Africa 2018 Lagos.

Speaking at the event, Anari de Wet (Business Marketing Manager, Ultrasound – Philips) said the Philips’ Lumify is an entirely new way of delivering ultrasound technology to healthcare providers and their patients, while offering high-quality imaging on a compatible smart devicethrough a subscription model.

Anari de Wet noted that the Lumify is designed for emergency departments and urgent care centers, as well as other clinical settings; it operates from a compatible smart device connected to a Philips ultrasound transducer.

“Users will also have access to an online portal where they can manage their device and access Philips’ support, training and IT services.”

With this intuitive, easy-to-use integrated system, clinicians can begin their Reacts session with a face-to-face conversation on their Lumify ultrasound system. Users can switch to the front-facing camera on their smart device to show the position of the probe.

They can then share the Lumify ultrasound stream, so both parties are simultaneously viewing the live ultrasound image and probe positioning, while discussing and interacting at the same time.

According to Jasper Westerink, CEO, Philips Africa, Lumify ultrasound is designed to drive transformation in care delivery and digital health, a dynamic combination that can extend the reach of ultrasound in a remarkable way.

“Lumify’s unique combination of connectivity, simplicity, portability and flexibility enables clinicians to perform ultrasound examinations across a variety of clinical settings, from cardiology suites down to under resourced semi-urban and rural areas.

Finally, clinicians as well as family doctors at small outpatient clinics can perform scan themselves, speeding up the diagnosis process and possible treatments.” he said.

The Lumify is part of Philips’ App-Based ultrasound ecosystem, an open innovation platform aimed to deliver the benefits of ultrasound early in the health continuum and expand access among more healthcare providers.

The Lumify ultrasound can help healthcare providers guide diagnosis, treatment and management in ways for which, ultrasound isn’t currently used. Built on a flexible subscription-based delivery model, users, healthcare providers and institutions, have access to and can manage solutions based on their changing demands and needs.

The first-generation Lumify transducer is now commercially available across East Africa. The L12-4 transducer supports a variety of clinical applications, including soft tissue, musculoskeletal, lung and vascular scanning.

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